“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” suffers from PC performance problems and framerate drops, so we’ve made a guide with the five biggest spec changes that impact performance. The tips below should help you get to 60 fps or above.
1) Turn Off MSAA Completely: MSAA can be found in the Display Settings menu of “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,” and it essentially smooths out geometry through a complex procedure. The game has several settings for it, but if performance is a priority, it should be turned off completely.
Next we’ll get to Graphics settings. To see these options, you must set your preset to custom. The numerous selections may look intimidating, but we’ve narrowed them down to the most impactful ones.
2) Turn Off Contact Hardening Shadows: This PC setting helps create more realistic shadows in motion, but they aren’t that necessary. Just turn it off to get a sizable GPU performance boost.
3) Turn Off Volumetric Lighting: Volumetric lighting is a technique that makes environments appear more lifelike. Sun rays often take advantage of it. Still, turning it off offers another decent GPU boost.
4) Lower Level Of Detail: This impacts the general detail of assets and also tightens up draw distances a bit. That being said, it may be necessary to set this one to “low” to start with. Because this setting has a few different options, it may not hurt to toggle it up or down based on the specs of the PC.
5) Update Your Drivers: This will be obvious to most PC gamers, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Updated drivers are the cornerstone of top-tier performance for any new new game regardless of whether your GPU is AMD or NVIDIA.
NVIDIA’s game-ready drivers can be downloaded here, and AMD’s latest generic drivers can be found here. There may have been several updates depending on when you read this guide, but at the time of writing, those two links are the best places to start.
Bonus Rules Of Thumb: If these tips don’t get “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided” running on your PC, we have a few bonus ones. First off, lowering the resolution to 1080p or below may be necessary. The game may not look as good at 720p, but at least it will run better. Secondly, the developers at Eidos Montreal generally recommend “high” graphics settings to anyone with a 4 GB card. Not every one of these settings must be disabled on every system. Just toggle these five until you hit a comfortable framerate.